Holiday events guide 2022: Celebrate the season in Oregon with lights, trains, music and merriment

Are the holidays really finally back? Three years into the global COVID-19 pandemic, it appears many of Oregon’s winter holiday traditions are on and in the form you might have experienced them in in 2019.

Sure, some will be disappointed to learn that the Holiday Ale Festival has been canceled again this year. But classics like Peacock Lane and the Cinnamon Bear Cruise on the Portland Spirit, which means kids who have been born and grown into toddlers since the last time these events took place will get to experience them for the first time.

We’ve rounded up everything you need to have a joyful holiday, from music to trains to lights and more.

Oregon Zoo ZooLights

The annual holiday tradition of ZooLights at the Oregon Zoo, featuring tunnels and trains and lights galore — over 1.5 million lights. Patrons can experience the lights show via walking tour or the drive-through option on select nights, running Jan. 9, 2022. Sean Meagher/The OregonianSean Meagher/The Oregonian

Festive light displays that will brighten Oregon’s 2022 holiday season

If driving around your neighborhood to look at lights isn’t enough, you have options. There are Portland classics like Zoolights at the Oregon Zoo and Peacock Lane, as well as lights worth a drive, from Hermiston to Coos Bay.

Tuba players perform

Despite wind and rain, the 30th annual Tuba Christmas concert at Pioneer Courthouse Square in Portland, Ore., sent low-pitched holiday cheer throughout downtown Portland on Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021.Mark Graves/The Oregonian

Ring in the holidays from Ashland to Portland and Sisters to Seaside with these 2022 events

It isn’t just lights you will find across the state — from the coast to the high desert there are parades and festivals, Christmas tree and menorah lightings and more.

Dancers in blue and white costumes are shown from behind with their arms in motion

Oregon Ballet Theatre’s “The Nutcracker” will return to the Keller this season.Beth Nakamura/Staff

Oregon’s 2022 holiday shows bring back seasonal favorites and some new sugar plums

Portland-area audiences will find their stockings overflowing with joyful choices on stage with productions of “A Christmas Carol,” the venerable ballet “The Nutcracker,” and a musical adaptation of the holiday favorite “Elf.”

Princeton Festival 2022

Storm Large will star in Kurt Weill’s “The Seven Deadly Sins” to open this year’s Princeton Symphony Orchestra’s Princeton Festival at Morven Museum and Garden in Princeton.Laura Domela

Celebrate the 2022 holiday season with these 20 live music events

Let music bring out your holiday spirit. Whether it’s a holiday classics sing-a-long or ‘A Very Merry Mariachi Christmas Concert’ or one of Portland’s three different Celtic-based Christmas shows.

Holiday Express train

ORHF’s Holiday Express, with six heated passenger cars, runs through Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge during a wintery-wonderland season.

Holiday trains raise prices, scale back rides for 2022 season

Not every holiday train is back this year — the Polar Express and Santa Holiday train rides which are run by the Chehalis-Centralia Railroad in southwest Washington have been canceled due to “ongoing track repairs and circumstances beyond our control,” though they should return in 2023. But train lovers, don’t dispair! There are plenty of train options to take you on a holiday ride.

— Lizzy Acker

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